Author Archives: Joan Esson

Grants to support learning on the First World War⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Do your plans for the curriculum include developing children and young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the First World War? Do you intend to do some intergenerational work to promote children and young people’s Gaelic language skills?  Has your tracking of children and young people’s skills in technology shown a gap for which an opportunity to create a film would be useful?

A grant of £250 is available as part of the Scottish Government’s five-year World War 1 Commemorative Programme to mark the centenary of the First World War. It aims to help children and young people develop their understanding of the causes of the First World War and impact on people’s lives.

More information is available at:

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/learn/schools/wwi-project-grants?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0

 

Scottish Learning Festival: Details of the seminar for Gaelic Education⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Seminar Title: Early learning, early gains in reducing the attainment gap in Gaelic Medium Education (GME)

Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018

Time: 9.30am

Venue: Leven

Seminar Code: L1A

Registration for the seminar: http://ow.ly/oO8n30k1UGB 

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is Scotland’s key educational event. We look forward to inviting you to a seminar for the Gaelic sector at 9.30am on Wednesday 19 September.  This will have a focus on raising attainment and promoting excellence and equity for learners through an improved GME curriculum.

The programme

  • We are delighted that John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills will make some opening remarks at the seminar.  This will set the national, strategic direction for Gaelic Education from the recently-published National Gaelic Language Plan, 2018-2023.

 

  • Joan Esson, HM Inspector of Education will share the successes and challenges of the free GME ELC hours, and how solution-focused approaches are being implemented. This will be based on our evaluations of the quality of experiences, as part of The Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) GME trials, which will be augmented with our inspection findings on GME ELC.

 

  • Angela NicIllebhràighe, Course Co-ordinator: Childcare Programmes and Seonaidh Charity, Programme Leader, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig University of Highlands and Islands will share how they can support GME post-16 pathways to support workforce planning. This will include:
  • The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People, which is a two-year programme delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI through the medium of Gaelic. This is for young people in S5 and S6 and combines college-based learning with work placements.

 

  • HNC Childhood Practice, which is delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI over two years on a part-time basis. The HNC Childhood Practice is a nationally recognised qualification, with the opportunity to study by distance learning. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

 

  • The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education is a new four-year GME teacher education programme. The programme can be studied through distance learning, or by on-site delivery. It has a focus on the distinctive pedagogy required for GME.       Students gain a degree, as well as a teaching qualification. This allows a direct route into teacher education, in an area in which there is a recognised shortage of teachers.       The programme is designed for teaching Gàidhlig and Gaelic (Learners) at the secondary stages, or GME Primary Teaching.  It includes 18 weeks of teaching experience within schools.

Please register for the seminar here:

http://ow.ly/oO8n30k1UGB 

Leadership Award for Gaelic Education: 2 and 3 November 2018, 30 November and 1 December 2018⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

We are delighted to announce that the Leadership Award for educators of Gaelic Medium Education (GME) organised by Social Enterprise Academy, in collaboration with Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, is being offered in November and December 2018. This is a professional learning opportunity which is tailored to build leadership capacity in GME. It is delivered through the medium of Gaelic. The Leadership Award is endorsed by the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL), with accreditation by the Institute of Leadership and Management Award at SCQF level 9.

The objectives of the Leadership Award are to:

  • Understand and reflect on your leadership in context of the challenges you face
  • Gain clarity on setting direction for your work and communicating change
  • Develop your skills in engaging with partnership working
  • Gain confidence in your abilities as a leader to progress your career
  • Gain insight into the skills required to be a successful leader in the Gaelic sector.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig fund this professional learning.

If you wish to apply for this Leadership Award, or require more information, please contact lorna@socialenterprise.academy

 

Education Grants for students studying to be teachers in the Gaelic sector⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Bòrd na Gàidhlig has set up this fund to support those currently working towards a career in teaching or through the medium of Gaelic.

 

Consideration will be given to:

  • Students undertaking a PGDE in Gaelic Education (both Primary and Secondary – Gaelic as a subject and subjects through the medium of Gaelic)
  • Students undertaking a Gaelic Education Undergraduate Degree, (BA or MA Education or  MA Gàidhlig with Education) – (no more than 2 grants in total will be approved for each student during their undergraduate degree course.)

More information is available at www.teagasg.com

Closing Date for Applications

Funding applications should be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig as soon as possible but no later than 5pm on Friday 14th September 2018.

Gaelic (Learners) in the secondary curriculum⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

e-Sgoil is an interactive, real-time teaching facility which uses Glow, Office 365 and Vscene to make Gaelic part of the curriculum in any school in Scotland.  e-Sgoil is offering  National 5 and Higher Gaelic (Learners) from August 2018.  This may be to provide progression with the 1+2 Approach to Languages in the broad general education or within the senior phase, or to enable learners to access Gaelic as a new subject.

e-Sgoil can also offer weekly inputs for Gaelic (Learners)  in the broad general education.

For more information, please contact e-sgoil@gnes.net or phone 01851 822850.

A review of e-Sgoil’s first year of operation is available here:

http://e-sgoil.com/media/1133/e-sgoil-report-year-1-june-2018.pdf

 

 

Practice exemplar: secondary GME curriculum⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The recently published report, ‘Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education 2012-2016’ (QuISE) highlighted a number of key areas of strengths and aspects for improvement from 3-18 Gaelic Medium Education (GME) inspections. You can read the chapter relating to GME on our website.

Most of the primary schools we inspected were making good use of national advice to improve the opportunities children have to learn through Gaelic.  However, we noted that in secondary schools, staff needed to make much more use of national advice to ensure that young people have significantly greater opportunities to learn through Gaelic.

We have added a new practice exemplar and challenge questions to the National Improvement Hub (NIH) which shows how The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway improved their secondary Gaelic Medium and Learner curriculum.

For more information, please visit

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/gael14-improving-the-secondary-curriculum-for-gme

Briefing on Gaelic Education⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:

Please follow this link for our Briefings.

There are ongoing updates on our blog for GME and Gaelic Learner Education.

New GME self-evaluation activity⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The Framework for Educational Leadership is an online learning resource which supports professional learning in leadership for educators at all stages of their careers.   We have added an activity to the framework which is bespoke to Gaelic Medium Education (GME).  This aims to support practitioners to develop an understanding of the key documents which assist in making self-evaluation integral to improving GME.  This activity will be useful to senior leaders and practitioners of 3-18 GME settings.  It will also be useful to those who have responsibilities to support continuous improvements in GME in local authorities and regional improvement colloboratives (RICs).

Useful links are:

How good is our school? (fourth edition)

Advice on Gaelic Education

Statutory Guidance for Gaelic Education

GTCS Professional Standards

Fullan, M. (2014) Leadership: Maximizing Impact

Parent, pupil and partner engagement in School Improvement Planning in Riverside Primary School

The Framework for Educational Leadership can be accessed here:

<https://www.scelframework.com/>

 

Then select:

Leading: self-evaluation

Then select the activity:

Ag àrdachadh dòighean-obrach proifeiseanta ann am Foghlam tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig (FMG)

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